Hannah Taylor has loved horses all her life, but didn’t start riding until a family vacation to the Dominican Republic when she was 17. The resort featured a polo club, and after one lesson, Hannah was hooked. She returned there for the next three summers, working at the polo ranch in exchange for getting to ride and play.
After graduating from high school in Toronto, Hannah moved to Los Angeles to attend Pierce College, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in equestrian science. At the same time, she was playing polo at LAEC during the height of its popularity, when the Pro Polo League at the Equidome was the place to be seen on a Saturday night.
After graduating with a BA in history from UCLA, Hannah decided to devote her life to horses and started her own business grooming, training and teaching riding and polo in Topanga. She also spent ten years working for a dressage trainer and showing her own horses. Hannah’s years of experience in the horse world gave her the knowledge and passion to create a barn full of happy, healthy and safe horses, and she takes great pride in having the best string of ponies for playing and learning on in Los Angeles.
After the birth of her two children, Hannah decided the family-friendly atmosphere of polo was where she needed to devote herself full-time. She started HYT Polo in 2011 with just a few horses under her care. After moving to LAEC in 2013, the business took off: HYT now has between 20 and 30 horses under their care and a roster of over 75 players and students.
Hannah and HYT Polo play arena polo Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Trails End Arena and sometimes in the Equidome. Saturdays and Sundays, they play on the grass field at Will Rogers Polo Club—the only remaining polo field in Los Angeles—located in Pacific Palisades. Spectators at both venues are always welcome!
Hannah’s goal is to make polo as accessible as possible, to as many as possible, and to bring a great polo presence back to LAEC. Clinics at HYT Polo cost less than a tennis or golf lesson. Hannah runs a very successful children’s program as well as weekly clinics for beginners, and she takes pride in getting even non-riders playing chukkers within a few months. Like Hannah herself, many are hooked from the first time they hit that ball. “Come play polo with us!”
For more information visit http://www.hytpolo.com/, or find Hannah and HYT Polo at LAEC’s Polo Barn.